• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Tilia platyphyllos 'Rubra'

large-leaved lime 'Rubra'

AGM plants

AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

  • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
  • Available to buy
  • Of good constitution
  • Essentially stable in form & colour
  • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases
large-leaved lime 'Rubra'

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  • Other common names large-leaved lime 'Rubra'
    red-twigged lime

  • Synonyms Tilia platyphyllos 'Corallina'

  • Family Malvaceae

  • Genus Tilia are deciduous trees with broadly ovate or heart-shaped leaves and pendulous clusters of fragrant yellow-green flowers, followed by conspicuous winged fruits

  • Details 'Rubra' is a large vigorous deciduous tree of rather erect habit, the twigs reddish in winter. Heart-shaped dark green leaves to 12cm in length, and clusters of small, fragrant yellowish flowers

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Columnar/Upright

  • Fragrance Flower

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H6

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect North-facing or East-facing or South-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Chalk

    Clay

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilChalk, Clay, Sand, Loam

  • pHAlkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height Higher than 12 metres

  • Ultimate spread wider than 8 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 20-50 years

How to grow

Cultivation Easy to grow in most moist soils and will tolerate hard pruning. Is susceptible to aphid infestation and is therefore liable to sticky honeydew. Avoid exposure to cold drying winds

Propagation Chip budding is the most appropriate method although care must be taken with the choice of rootstock

Suggested planting locations and garden types Hedging & Screens Low Maintenance

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 1

Pests Aphids, horse chestnut scale, caterpillars, sawflies and gall mites may be a problem

Diseases May be affected by phytopthora root diseases

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